The percentage of newborns given the trendiest names is much smaller than it was a generation ago.
May 14, 2012 There's a real difference in the type of names people give their children in red states as opposed to blue states. It's the opposite of what you might expect.
April 18, 2012 In the first hour of Talk of the Nation, guest political junkie Matt Bai recaps the week in politics, and news from the Summit of the Americas. In the second hour, 'The Byrds' frontman Roger McGuinn performs, and the future of 'Google Glasses.'
April 11, 2012 In the first hour of Talk of the Nation, the political junkie, and is it time to do away with the penny? In the second hour, why we hate doing our taxes, and what's REALLY in our food.
April 4, 2012 In the first hour of Talk of the Nation, the Political Junkie, and family members in combat. In the second hour, Marketplace's David Brancaccio talks about his series, "Robots Ate My Job," and the Falkland Islands.
March 21, 2012 In the first hour of Talk of the Nation, the political junkie recaps the week in politics, and C-SPAN founder Brian Lamb talks about the future of C-SPAN and why he's stepping down. In the second hour, the evolution of the NFL quarterback, and the effectiveness of aspirin as a prevention drug.
March 15, 2012 In the first hour of Talk of the Nation, what's at stake in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and the limits of diplomacy in dealing with Iran. In the second hour, signs that things are looking up in the economy, and advice for former governor Rod Blagojevich as he heads to prison.
Sometimes bipartisanship does shine down on the Capitol.
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March 8, 2012 The "Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act" passed the Republican-controlled House with the administration's support. The legislation's fate is less certain in the Senate, but Democratic leaders have said they will take it up.
Mitt Romney campaign headquarters in Des Moines, Iowa, Dec. 30, 2011
January 3, 2012 You might expect grandeur from a political campaign, but here's what they really look like.
December 23, 2011 The Obama administration is trudging ahead with policies designed to protect the integrity of scientific research. But critics of the process say the policies that have been released so far don't do enough to prevent political manipulation of science.
Mixed grasses growing in a parcel of land enrolled in the Conservation Reserve Program is seen near Tribune, Kan. Millions of acres of CRP nationwide will be returned to farmland.
October 17, 2011 In farm communities, there are mixed feelings on conservation payments. Farmer Don Teske, of Wheaton, Kansas, says "the perception is that you're being paid to do nothing." They don't want to be park rangers, they want to farm.
October 17, 2011 Scientists and regulators have concluded time and time again that labeling genetically modified foods is unnecessary because they are no different than other foods. But food policy experts say just label them, already, so people can make their own choices.
Former vice presidential candidate and Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin addresses a Tea Partly Express Rally in Manchester, N.H., on Sept. 5.
September 15, 2011 As Sarah Palin keeps the GOP guessing on her White House intentions, she faces challenging filing deadlines and dismissed allegations in a new book as "disgusting lies."
September 13, 2011 The debt-ceiling debate was a game of chicken, a political scientist says. And the supercommittee may actually work out a deal.
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Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) waves to her House colleagues after voting for a bill to raise the federal debt ceiling, in this image from House Television.
August 1, 2011 Even as the vote results came in, the loudest cheers were heard when Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) made her first appearance on the House floor since she was severely wounded by a gunman in January.
June 29, 2011 Today on Talk of the Nation, political junkie Ken Rudin and what people mean when they talk about a party's "base," Eddie Bocanegra and Alex Kotlowitz from the documentary The Interrupters, and innovators talk about where ideas come from.
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